Providing Excellence in Education for Optometric Educators

The mission of the Optometric Education Section of the American Academy of Optometry is to serve the educational needs of its membership by advancing research, promoting innovation in optometric education, encouraging visionary thinking, supporting ethical practices, and affirming provocative concepts in optometric education worldwide. In achieving its mission the Section:

  1. Initiates forums on research in optometric education.
  2. Disseminates knowledge of innovation in professional education.
  3. Serves a visionary role in the advancement of new teaching and learning methodologies.
  4. Advocates for faculty and students engaged in optometric education.
  5. Collaborates with other sections in the joint sponsorship of educational programs.
  6. Enhances the commitment of Academy members to highest ethical and professional standards of optometric education.
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Section Officers

Image of Patricia K Hrynchak, OD, MScCH(HPTE), FAAO, DipOE

Section Chair

Patricia K Hrynchak, OD, MScCH(HPTE), FAAO, DipOE

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Program Chair

Daniel A Bastian, OD, FAAO

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Image of Daniel Arnett Taylor, OD, EdD, MS, FAAO, DipOE

Section Vice Chair

Daniel Arnett Taylor, OD, EdD, MS, FAAO, DipOE

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Diplomate Chair

Marlee M Spafford, OD, MSc, PhD, FAAO

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Workshop Chair

William Hefner, OD, MEd, FAAO

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Immediate Past Chair

Michael J Giese, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Committee Member

Nancy B Carlson, OD, FAAO, DiplOE

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Committee Member

Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO

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Board Liaison

Carl H Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO

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Communications Chair

Vikki Yu, OD, FAAO

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